Hear interviews with nationally recognized Teachers of the Year, leading authors, and the latest researchers. Hear the stories of their successes and failures and become inspired.
Maryland Teacher of the Year Sia Kyrakakos
Sia is an art teacher who has also been nominated for the National title of Teacher of the Year.
Sia tells about her background of not having any interest in teaching as an adult, until she filled in for a friend who ran a Saturday morning art class for low income children inside a neighborhood garage.
National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning
Mandy Manning, a Washington State teacher who teaches refugee and immigrant students is the 2018 National Teacher of the Year.
An 18-year teaching veteran, Manning has taught at the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School for seven years, where she has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to students who are adjusting to life in their new community. “Every student in this country deserves access to a teacher who is committed to their success,” said Carissa Moffat Miller, executive director of CCSSO, and Manning embodies that dedication and spirit.
Manning began her teaching career in the Peace Corps, and has taught in Japan and in schools across the U.S. In her current position, Manning’s students come to the U.S. from all over the world and she is usually their first line experience in the American educational system. Most of them are seeking safety, “but they don’t always feel safe here,” said Manning. The current political climate has only increased fear and anxiety, making it hard for newcomers to share and learn from others. Manning says her role in the classroom is to “help them understand current events, know their rights, and provide a safe and welcoming environment.”
Ralph Fletcher Writer's Notebook
Ralph Fletcher is a pioneer when it comes to teaching writing to both teachers and students. He began his teaching career at Teachers College as a student of Lucy Calkins in the early days of The Writing Project, and he popularized the Writer’s Notebook. To date, he’s written over 40 books ranging from getting boys to enjoy writing to craft lessons.
Idaho Teacher of the Year Melyssa Ferro
Melyssa Ferro is a middle school science teacher and the Idaho Teacher of the Year. Prior to being named Idaho Teacher of the Year, Melyssa received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
New Jersey Teacher of the Year Amy Andersen
Amy Andersen is the current New Jersey Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year. Amy teaches American Sign Language (ASL) at Ocean City, NJ, High School to regular education students as a part of their World Language program.
Daniel Joscz: California Teacher of the Year
Daniel Jocz is not only the California Teacher of the Year, but also a finalist for the national title of Teacher of the Year. Daniel is a high school social studies teacher, and has created a highly popular YouTube channel featuring a wide variety of reviews for students of Advanced Placement US History with almost 200 videos and 40,000 followers at the time of this podcast recording.
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